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“They’re going to lead me to an early death!”

“They’re giving me gray hairs!”

Raise your hand if you’ve either thought or said these sentences out loud when it comes to raising kids. It’s a running “joke” among moms that our kids are going to kill us one of these days because of the stress they put us through, because parenting is NOT easy!

 

Rewarding? Yes.

Would we trade it for the world? No way!

Parenting can be a physical and emotional roller coaster for sure, but did you know that some research is showing that giving birth and raising children may actually age our cells prematurely? Yay.

Researchers analyzed information from 1,556 U.S. women ages 20 to 44 who took part in a national survey from 1999 to 2002. The study involved these women giving blood samples.

Researchers were interested in examining the women’s genetic material inside their cells, namely telomeres. These are “caps” on the end of chromosomes that prevent chromosomes from damage.

Telomeres naturally shorten as people age, but the structures don’t shorten at the same rate in every person. The longer a person’s telomeres are, the more times their cells could hypothetically still divide, research has shown. Thus, telomeres are considered a marker of biological age — that is, the age of a person’s cells, rather than the individual’s chronological age.”

The study showed that women who had given birth had telomeres that were on average, 4% shorter than women who had never given birth. The results suggest that a “history of live birth may be associated with shorter telomeres,” the researchers wrote in their abstract, which was presented this week at the meeting of the American Public HealthAssociation in Denver. [9 Uncommon Conditions That Pregnancy May Bring]

Further research needs to be done to prove why telomeres in mother’s seem to be shorter, but the standing hypothesis for now is that having children increases stress levels, and high stress in humans is linked to shorter telomeres.

So there you have it. We’re doomed! Or, you can take the study with a giant grain of salt… because we all know many many mothers who lived well into their 80’s and 90’s, and even past 100! In my opinion, it’s all about perception. We can choose to dwell on being stressed all the time and view motherhood as a never ending chore, or we can focus on the amazing blessing that our children are, and choose happiness. I for one choose the latter! Motherhood is one of the greatest opportunities I will ever take part in, and I am happy to give up the length of my telomeres for it.

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We’re less than a week into Summer Break and I have already heard the words “I’m bored” spill from my kids’ mouths! Typically they are pretty good about entertaining themselves, but with a 16, 14 and 9 year old at home, their interests vary so much that it’s hard to find activities they will all love. I’ve discovered that fun science experiments can bring people of all ages together, and I love that they’re learning something in the process.  Here is a list of 10 fun science experiments to help keep kids busy (and moms happy) this summer!

 

 

 

1. Make waterproof sand

Gather sand (colored is more fun) and spread it on a lined baking sheet. Spray Scotchgard over it liberally until completely covered. Then pour the mixture into a clear container filled with water and watch all the cool formations you can make! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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2. Make a Diet Coke/Mentos geyser

You’ll definitely want to take this one outside, but kids will love it!  Who doesn’t love a dramatic (but safe) explosion?! Adult supervision is required for younger kids. Basically an explosive reaction occurs when you drop Mentos candies into Diet Coke and everyone will ooh and aww as it shoots upwards! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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3. Make Rainbow celery

Kids can learn the process of transpiration by place celery stalks into water dyed with food coloring. It’s pretty fun to watch the leaves turn different colors by the next day! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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4. Make an outdoor volcano

Teaches kids the fun reaction that is made when you mix baking soda and vinegar! Just add baking soda to an empty soda bottle, bury it in a dirt/sand pile with the top exposed, and then add vinegar for an explosive surprise! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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5. Fill up balloons with gas created from soda and Pop Rocks

This is a super fun experiment that also requires adult supervision. All you need is some soda, Pop Rocks and balloons! Watch the balloons expand as they fill up with gas created from the soda/Pop Rocks reaction! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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6. Make indoor rain clouds 

Make it rain inside with this fun experiment using shaving cream water and blue food coloring.  Get the full tutorial HERE.

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7. Create “Ice Art”

Make beautiful pieces of ice art by freezing bowls of water overnight and then adding salt and food coloring to them the next day. The salt will create holes, nicks and crannies and the dye will highlight the new formations! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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8. Make a Sun Dial

Learn about time, the position of the sun and shadows by creating an easy sun dial with rocks and a pencil! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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9. Bake snacks in a solar oven

All you need is some foil, and black construction paper! Teach your kids how to cook food with the heat of the sun! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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10. Make homemade magnetic slime

All you need is some glue, Borax and iron filings to make your very own magnetic slime! Get the full tutorial HERE.

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Most of us have heard of the Mentos and Coke experiment.  You take a bottle of Diet Coke, throw in some Mentos candies and a pretty cool reaction takes place which causes a fizzy explosion of sorts.

One Japanese man decided to take the experiment to a new level and filled his bathtub with Coke Zero, taped Mentos to his body and jumped in.  The reaction isn’t quite as monumental as one might hope, but still something your kids might get a kick out of watching.  As for the mom in me, all I can think of the mess he just made in his bathroom!  Enjoy!